As we spend more time with our family at home, we are using more water. Washing our hands, disinfecting our homes, more dishes and laundry, all this puts a big strain on our septic system. The Coronavirus has brought to light many questions about our plumbing and septic system.

It is important to keep an eye on the health of your septic system

Orlando Septic Service is here to help you through these challenging times. We provide services throughout Central Florida, so please don’t hesitate if you have any questions or concerns about your wastewater system. 

The EPA addresses a few questions on their website:

Will my septic system treat COVID-19

While decentralized wastewater treatment (i.e., septic tanks) do not disinfect, EPA expects a properly managed septic system to treat COVID-19 the same way it safely manages other viruses often found in wastewater. Additionally, when properly installed, a septic system is located at a distance and location designed to avoid impacting a water supply well.

Is it okay to flush disinfecting wipes?

EPA urges Americans to only flush toilet paper. Disinfecting wipes and other items should be properly disposed of in the trash, not the toilet. These wipes and other items do not break down in sewer or septic systems and can damage your home’s internal plumbing as well as local wastewater collection systems. As a result, flushing these wipes can clog your toilet and/or create sewage backups into your home or your neighborhood.

Additionally, these wipes can cause significant damage to pipes, pumps, and other wastewater treatment equipment. Sewer backups can be a threat to public health and present a challenge to our water utilities by diverting resources away from the essential work being done to treat and manage our nation’s wastewater. Disinfecting wipes, baby wipes, and paper towels should NEVER be flushed.